Nathan John Brownsword (15 May 1923 – 19 December 2009) was a professional footballer who spent eighteen seasons with Scunthorpe United, and holds the club's all-time appearance record, having played 597 league games, and 791 first-team games overall for the club. He was a defender, playing in the left-back position.
Originally from Doncaster, Brownsword left school aged 15 and spent the duration of the Second World War working as a miner at nearby Bentley Colliery. He began playing part-time for Frickley Colliery, before being recruited for Hull City's 1946–47 Third Division North season.
Continuing to play part-time alongside his work as a miner, Brownsword made eleven league and cup appearances for Hull, before being released after allegations that he had fallen out with manager Major Frank Buckley after accidentally sitting on Buckley's dog on the way to an away game.
He then returned to his first club Frickley Colliery and despite them finishing bottom o